Police Standoff Suspect Scheduled To Make Court Appearance

A man involved in a nine-hour standoff with Washington police back in June will make a court appearance Monday.

Gary Gautier, 33, is facing several charges including felony false bomb report, discharging a firearm within city limits and communicating threats.

No one was injured in the June 15 standoff.


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A suspect in last week's standoff in Washington has been charged.

Washington police say Gary Gautier was charged with felony false bomb report, discharging a firearm in the city limits and communicating threats.

Police say the 33-year-old man was arrested without incident today and placed in jail on a $250,000 bond.

Gautier was hospitalized after police say he led them on a day-long standoff Wednesday at his East 12th Street home. Police first went to the home around 8:00 a.m. and he finally surrendered just before 5:00 p.m. During the standoff police say Gauiter came outside twice and fired his weapon, one up in the air and the second time into the ground.

The street was blocked off and several adjacent homes were evacuated as a precaution. No one was hurt in the standoff.


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Washington police say no charges have been brought yet against a man who led them on a nearly nine hour standoff Wednesday. That man remains hospitalized.

The father of Gary Gautier says his son is now at the Beaufort County Medical Center. Robert Gautier says his son is "doing as fair as can be expected."

Gary Gautier was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly nine hour standoff at his 12th Street home.

The elder Gautier tells WITN he was able to see his son briefly last night. He says he's not sure exactly what his son is being treated for.

Washington police took the younger Gauiter into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly nine-hour standoff. Gautier told officials on the phone that he wanted to "shoot it out" with police. He came outside during the standoff and fired two rounds- one in the ground and one in the air. After nearly nine hours, the standoff ended with the man being taking into custody and no reported injuries.

In a news release, Washington police say their investigation is continuing and that any charges would be brought after consulting with the "D.A. and other entities."


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It is unclear if the man at the center of Wednesday's day-long standoff is still in police custody. Online records currently show no charges against Gary Gautier.

Washington Police took Gauiter into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly nine-hour standoff. Gautier told officials on the phone that he wanted to "shoot it out" with police. He came outside during the standoff and fired two rounds- one in the ground and one in the air. After nearly nine hours, the standoff ended with the suspect being taking into custody and no reported injuries.

Beaufort County officials said Thursday morning Gautier is not in the jail.


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A standoff that lasted nearly nine hours Wednesday in the east ended with the alleged gunman in custody after police say a man called 911 early Wednesday morning.

Washington Police took Gary Gautier into custody. Minutes later a bomb squad was on scene going through the 12th Street home as a precaution. Police say Joseph "Gary" Gautier told them on the phone he wanted to "shoot it out" with police. He even came outside during the standoff and fired two rounds- one in the ground and one in the air. Fortunately, it ended with the suspect being taking into custody and no reported injuries.

His uncle, Carter Leary, lives two houses down and says Gautier is a good person.

"Hes a loner. He enjoys being alone. He doesn't threaten anybody. He's a good boy, good hearted boy. He wouldn't hurt anybody. They've blown this thing completely out of proportion," said Leary.

Washington police have not yet revealed any charges against Gautier.


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Washington police say a day-long armed standoff is over with the gunman now in custody.

WITN's Brittany Creamer says around 4:45 p.m. police placed Gary Gautier in handcuffs and into a police car. Police Chief Mick Reed says right now Gautier has not been charged.

East 12th Street remained closed as the SBI bomb squad went through the home.

The standoff began around 8:00 a.m. when police went to the East 12th Street home.

East 12th Street, between Brown and Bonner Streets was shut down most of the day. Chief Reed tells WITN News that Gautier first called authorities around 7:00 a.m. He said by 8:00 a.m. the man became really agitated and that's when police started moving in.

Police evacuated nearby homes and told others in the neighborhood to stay inside.

Reed says Gautier told police he wanted to shoot it out with them. During the standoff police say Gautier fired two rounds. One time they say he fired into the ground and on another occasion he came out of the house and fired his gun into the air as police watched from a distance. The chief characterized the situation as a "waiting game".

The chief says this afternoon a relative of Gautier, who lives two doors away, got into the home and removed several weapons. That relative was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office. Reed says when Gautier was apprehended they found additional weapons in the home.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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Washington police have closed off a street and evacuated several nearby homes in what is being called a standoff with an armed man.

East 12th Street, between Brown and Bonner Streets has been shut down most of the day. Police Chief Mick Reed tells WITN News that a man first called authorities around 7:00 a.m. He said by 8:00 a.m. the man became really agitated and that's when police started moving in. He confirmed the man's name is Gary Gautier.

Reed says the man told police he wanted to shoot it out with them. Police say Gautier has fired two rounds. On one occasion he came out of the house and fired his gun into the air as police watched from a distance. The chief characterized the situation as a "waiting game".

The Beaufort County SWAT team is also at the scene and around 1:30 p.m. power was cut to the home

WITN has had a reporter at the location since 9:30 a.m. We did not report the story immediately because of the danger inside the home and the possible negative affect our reporting could have had on law enforcement efforts to end the situation without injury. WITN received information early on that neighbors had been warned of the threat and had left their homes. If the situation developed into a public threat, we would have reported the story immediately.


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  • by getting old Location: enc on Dec 4, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    When is this punk going to jail where he belongs?
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      by to getting old on Feb 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to getting old
      when you get out, how's it been for you on the inside??
  • by Family Member Location: Washington, NC on Oct 31, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    No, he has never served in the military.
  • by Terry Location: Washington on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Several years ago I wrote to a man serving in the war in Iraq. His name was Joseph Gary Gautier and he was also from Washington. Is this the same man?
  • by New Day on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    God has awarded us another beautiful day to go and do his service, Some of you will do it with smiles on your faces and others will do it with hate in your hearts. Pretty easy to see which category people choose. Let it go people. you have no control of the situation. If the man is found guilty he will do his time plain and simple. Go share Jesus and his goodness with someone today and make a difference in a life. Everyone needs a pick me up because this old world can get pretty tough. God Bless You All and remember to pray.
  • by Question on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    do the police not have tazer guns???? Reported came out twice and shot, only reported mind you, why didn't they tazer him ?? OH and could they not have tazered the other man also or is blunt force recommended for someone of the ages 60-70?
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      by Craven Co. deputy on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:36 AM in reply to Question
      TASER's are only effective at a distance of 7-15 feet, because the wires are only 21 feet long. Police were not close enough to deploy them. And no, the sheriff's SRT team was approaching the house with assault rifles (M-4's)and were within 10 feet of the other man when he emerged from the house with the weapons. Three options at that point: Let him go, shoot him or detain him. Doesnt matter what age he is. If he was old enough to get involved and old enough not follow directives, then he was old enough to accept being taken into custody in that manner. Dealing with someone who is in possession of a weapon is a touchy situation. You cant take the chance that this guy may decide to use it. This guy had multiple weapons, as was reported, and was non-compliant. It wasnt excessive force just because the guy got scratched up, he was just placed in a prone position and secured, which had to be done very quickly since the deputies had to shift their attention away from the house and the other suspect in order to secure the second guy. The wounds this guy got were typical of wounds any suspect would received by being "proned-out" and secured. Sounds like he was lucky thats all he got. Thats why its a good idea to let the police handle the situation once they arrive and to stay away, unless they specifically ask for your involvement.
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        by thanks on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:18 AM in reply to Craven Co. deputy
        thank you for your explanations. better understanding now.
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        by Andy Nonomus on Jun 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to Craven Co. deputy
        One of the best answers I have seen.
  • by blessings on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    To Justice, Amazed and another relative: Hope to see you all in church Sunday. God loves you no matter how many false rumors you continue to print, he and only he can forgive you, and he and only he knows the FULL truth. God Bless you and all families involved. Take each day and make a blessing out of it. God Bless You.
  • by To Amazed Location: G-town on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    Maybe the SUSPECT will answer for making this such a media and public circus. He could have walked out that morning when he was told to and it would have never made the news. The only one who escalated this was him. He's lucky he's not over here in Greenville. Greenville PD SWAT would have probably shot CS gas in the house. And that uncle of his would not have been putting down the cops on the news ten minutes after he was taken down either. He would be in jail for resist, delay and obstruct of a police officer for sticking his nose in to begin with. Nobody understands the legalities and liabilities involved in these situations, and no one knows what is law enforcement policy during these incidents other than the cops themselves. And during a shots fired / barracaded subject incident, we certainly dont have the time or the inclination to explain it to civilian on-lookers...especially when they are related to the 10-7 guy in the house. We are paid and trained to know more than you think we do. Maybe now, that the situation is over, it would be a great time to call an officer to your home and respectfully ask him / her why things were handled the way they were. Some of the answers you get may surprise you. Then at least you would be enlightened on some of the rules we have to play by. Remember: the cop you disrespect today may be the one who pulls your child out of a burning car tomorrow. Every aspect of our job is not pleasant, but I guarantee you that we know what we do and why we do it better than you do. Its always better to talk with us and ask intelligent questions than to assume that we simply acted improperly. Something to think about.
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      by silly on Jun 23, 2011 at 08:54 PM in reply to To Amazed
      i did not know the suspect called the media. Maybe if he had lived in g'vegas they would not have had to stand in the street so long and the tear gas would have been a great idea. Don't don't if that's budgeted for in Beaufort County. You know, it is what it is and it will be what it will be. all this jaw jacking about it is really just funny to me. I don't know that anyone has disrespected anyone but I do know respect is not given its earned. Just leave it alone go do your jobs and I will as well and let's see what happens. Done of us can change a thing. Somthing else to think about.
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        by To silly on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:50 AM in reply to silly
        So what did this guy that was threatening cops and shooting guns in the city do to earn any respect? The post from G-town is obviously an officer who seems to be trying to offer a respectful insight and explanation on such issues as this, and you obviously are very defensive about it. Maybe you are related to this guy? You may want to start proof-reading your posts before you submit them as well. Spelling and grammar are a little rusty. Definitely something else to think about.
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          by silly on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:19 AM in reply to To silly
          i said did he call the media? You are funny.
  • by bella on Jun 21, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    My last comment was not posted. dont know why. Maybe too many names were mention.But Carter is a great person and does not deserve what happened to him. Maybe this is not over for Carter,I hope things will work for him, to his advantage.
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      by Frank Sinatra on Jun 21, 2011 at 08:46 PM in reply to bella
      It would really be interesting to see you definition of "great"?
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        by Get over it on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
        It would be interesting to know why it would be any of your business?
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          by Frank Sinatra on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:29 PM in reply to Get over it
          When it has been posted on a public site you made it everyones business. When your teachers told you to stay in school you should have listened.
  • by loving on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    have love in your life for one another. Yes,. everyone living needs help..Today, find something to praise God about. Be thankful for your blessings. All things are possible thru your Holy Spirit. Please dont say ugly things, have everyone in your prayers. you may need help one day too and are denied it. God is our focus, please make him yours also. He will show you the way if you only ask.
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      by Amazed on Jun 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to loving
      Amen. Too many people trying to find the bad in everything. Even when there is none.
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        by Ha on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:50 PM in reply to Amazed
        Firing guns in the city: Bad. Threatening to shoot cops: Bad Threatening to blow up something: Bad Refusing to obey police: Bad. Family members or friends in denial and defending such conduct: Bad. Family member interfering with police procedure: Bad. But, an obviously disturbed law breaking person being charged for the crimes he obviously committed: Great. The only thing worse than too many people trying to find the bad in everything is too many people turning a blind eye to bad things and pretending that they have not happened.
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          by just a thought on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:44 AM in reply to Ha
          bad police- bad not all are bad and I truly believe that. It just some of the ones that call the shots are. BAD and SAD. Seems there are a great many citizens that want the truth from this story. Oh and by the way did you read the article that the DA says a Deputy lied and killed someone statedin another headline, BAD BAD BAD and you no he didn't lie the authorities are so above that? NOT!!!!!!!!!!!
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          by To just a thought on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to Ha
          Conspiracy theory has no bearing on this incident. The deputy that lied (in an unrelated case, mind you) will face the music just like this deranged guy that did all of this mess will. Im sure this guy, and apparently his family too, will lie about him doing any of this that he is accused of. But the truth will come out and he will get the necessary punishment for his actions. Then maybe he and his family will learn to obide by the law from now on. (NOT)!!!!!!!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jun 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Im sick of seeing these wanna be thugs on the news all the time. You people need to clean up your neighborhoods
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      by Morris on Jun 21, 2011 at 08:46 PM in reply to Lavon
      Lavons says " You people need to clean up your neighborhoods? I guess you mean Washington , NC Lavon I can read through your racist remarks. Yes the picture shows he is White. Lavon this was not a Black on Black ghetto gang crime. No Crips & Bloods over drugs. Just '1' White guy with a peoblem. Lavon it was not a drive by killling. Only Blacks do that - Why? Lavon
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